and compassionate. >> i have the pleasure of introducing his excellency, muhamed el-magarief, president of libya, and to invite him to address the assembly. [applause] >> in the name of god, the merciful, the compassionate, mr. president, your majesties, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure at the outset to express my congratulations to the leader of the general assembly on his election. i would also like to commend the leadership of last year's session. i would also like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to mr. ban ki moon, secretary-general of the united nations, for all the efforts he is making to realize the charters, objectives, and purposes. mr. president, three years ago, a despot who ruled my country for 42 years with oppression and an iron fist, he stood on this very rostrum and tore a copy of the charter of the united nations, saying he did not recognize the authority of that document.